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Road naming

Under the Roads Act 1993 the council of a local government area and the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) are the road naming authorities. The Geographical Names Board (GNB), under the authority of the Surveyor-General, is a relevant party and must be notified of any new road names. 

Members of the community that have queries related to road names should contact their local government council for further information. 

Road naming authorities must adhere to the procedure outlined in the NSW Road Regulation 2018 and policy outlined in the NSW_Address Policy and User Manual.

If road names are not officially and correctly recorded, this can impede the delivery of emergency and other services to residents and businesses. With the centralisation of emergency service operational dispatch centres in NSW, uniqueness is the most essential quality when proposing a new road name. Duplication of similar and like sounding road names should be avoided as these names can cause confusion for operational dispatch and delay emergency response times.

The naming of roads in NSW is standardised to ensure that the process is transparent and easy to understand for regulatory bodies and members of the community. A consistent approach to road naming benefits emergency services, transport and goods and service delivery and provides opportunities for community consultation when determining road names. This process has been streamlined by the NSW Place and Road Naming Proposal System.


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